Annie Donaldson Talley recently departed the White House after serving as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Counsel to the President. Over the past four years, she provided outside counsel to Donald J. Trump for President; helped stand up and manage the White House Counsel’s Office; interfaced with agencies across the federal government, including the Department of Justice; and advised the President of the United States, White House Counsel, Chief of Staff and other staff across the Executive Office of the President on a broad range of issues from regulatory reform to executive nominations to the day-to-day issues facing the Administration. In addition, Talley managed the team responsible for the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court.
In private practice, Talley has counseled clients in the non-profit, for-profit, political, and government sectors, as well as high-profile individuals at Jones Day and Patton Boggs. She has represented clients in complex, multi-faceted investigations and led teams navigating issues of intense public scrutiny. She also provides strategic counseling to clients structuring their affairs to ensure compliance with a web of state and federal laws.
Talley is the veteran of three presidential campaigns, and provided counsel to numerous campaigns and candidates at the federal, state, and local levels. She has experience working with fledging and fast-growing organizations.
Talley holds a B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Alabama and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she served on the Harvard Law Review.